Peace Action’s 2020 Class
Ed Markey (D-MA-Senate)
“Throughout my career I have championed education over annihilation, Medicaid over missiles. From advocating for cuts to our nation’s bloated nuclear weapons program, to promoting diplomacy to end conflict…I am grateful to have Peace Action standing beside me as we continue that commitment to peace by preventing Donald Trump from leading the United States into an illegal war.”
Gary Peters (D-MI-Senate)
Senator Gary Peters is against endless wars and understands that a foreign policy that promotes diplomacy is the only way to achieve peace. He sensibly supported the Iran nuclear accord and has been working to prevent a war since the Trump administration’s withdrawal and implementation of a maximum pressure campaign. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he also consistently fights to keep Americans safe and reassert the Congressional role in debating and authorizing war.
Eva Putzova (D-AZ-01)
“We need to engage the world peacefully, using diplomacy, economic assistance and humanitarian aid instead of military aid, arms sales and bellicose threats. There is no place in this world for nuclear weapons and we should advocate for phased-in disarmament. The entire nuclear weapons program [should be phased-out] since nuclear war is immoral, irrational and a waste of our resources.”
Anita Malik (D-AZ-06)
“To restore our international credibility and encourage peace and stability throughout the world, we must make smart and strategic decisions to defend our homeland while optimizing our diplomatic and cooperative initiatives abroad. We need to align our budget with our priorities and stop pouring money into outdated weapons systems from the Cold War so we can afford to fully fund programs that American workers and families rely on.”
Joyce Elliott (D-AR-02)
“We are not using all of our tools and are instead relying on a president who disregards intelligence briefings, acts on ‘instinct’, never compromises, and only knows how to escalate situations to the very brink. We need a strong Congress that will protect diplomats, trust experts, and push back against a president who believes he can do whatever he pleases.”
Nabilah Islam (D-GA-07)
Nabilah Islam will prioritize diplomacy over endless wars and regime change wars: “It breaks my heart to see our government using military power to determine the lives of millions beyond our borders. While the GOP asks how we’ll pay for vital programs like Medicare for All, they have no problem signing a blank check for destructive wars that destabilize entire regions.”
Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-IN-02)
Mara Candelaria Reardon believes in policies of engagement and diplomacy over isolation and military intervention. She is ready to invest in real human needs and knows that defense contractors in this country frequently benefit at the expense of the rest of us. She will be the type of voice in Congress that fights for all Hoosiers, Americans, and global citizens.
Marie Newman (D-IL-03)
Marie Newman takes a pro-peace and diplomacy stance on the critical issues of foreign policy: from supporting a full review of the bloated Pentagon budget to rid it of unnecessary expenses to wanting to see the repeal of the outdated Authorizations For the Use of Military Force that have led us into endless wars.
Alex Morse (D-MA-01)
Alex Morse is ready to focus on the interests of people over those of corporations and weapons manufacturers. He knows that bombs and missiles can fix neither the endless wars in which we are involved, nor the national security threats the future will bring — more pandemics and climate catastrophe. He will fight to reinvest in education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
Ihssane Leckey (D-MA-04)
Ihssane Leckey will promote diplomacy first and wants to see the United States carry out a foreign policy based on human rights, democratic values, respect for international law, and moral clarity. She knows it is time to end our forever wars and restore peace using civilian leadership not military occupation. She will also advocate to redirect funding away from America’s dangerous and wasteful nuclear arms program, towards investments in education, health, and a climate-smart economy.
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Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13)
From looking to refocus spending on our domestic priorities instead of endless wars abroad, to her staunch opposition to dangerous and discriminatory policies like President Trump’s Muslim ban, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib committed to defending our nation’s true interests, whether they’re under threat from the White House or from the Cold War status quo that should have ended long ago.
Kara Eastman (D-NE-02)
As a social worker and non-profit professional, Kara Eastman has an impressive track record of serving the American public. In Congress, Eastman will apply that dedication to keeping Americans safe by supporting smart diplomacy and a fully funded State Department, reclaiming Congress’ authority on war, and prioritizing funding for human needs like healthcare and education.
Nate McMurray (D-NY-27)
Nate McMurray understands how massive mismanagement of the Pentagon budget continuously leads to waste of tax-payer money that is more desperately needed in healthcare, education, and infrastructure. He also knows that the true threats we face must be addressed with diplomacy and international cooperation.
Mike Siegel (D-TX-10)
Mike Siegel believes that the American public should have more say than arms manufacturers, that foreign policy should be based on diplomacy and foreign aid not sprawling U.S. military campaigns, and that international human rights law should be advanced and defended in an effort to promote peace.
Colin Allred (D-TX-32)
Congressman Colin Allred has used his time in Washington D.C. to call for shifting U.S. spending from the Pentagon budget toward our critical human needs. He knows that the defense budget is often unquestionably increased at the expense of domestic priorities like health care, physical and digital infrastructure, and education, and he supports a more balanced approach.
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